New England Aster is a wonderful perennial native for late season color. We added some to our landscape last fall and it's flowering for the first time this year.
I associate this Aster with the southern Great Lakes region and northeast, but it does occur here in Minnesota.
I thought I would see more bumble bees visiting the flowers but their preference right now is the Showy Goldenrod in our landscape. One Spotted Cucumber Beetle was crawling on the flower rays.
New England Aster can get extremely tall, especially in moister soils reaching heights over 6 feet, but shorter in sandy, well drained soils.
This native perennial is tolerant of partial to full sun, sand to loamy soils. Plant in combination with Showy Goldenrod for an outstanding contrasting color display in the late fall.
|Kartesz, J.T., The Biota of North America Program (BONAP).
2011. North American Plant Atlas. Chapel Hill, N.C.